Samsung Ships 30TB SSD Drive for Post Production Work

By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)

As we make our way into 8K workflows being mainstream, the need for larger storage capabilities become even more important. Samsung has seen fit to provide tools which editors and visual effects artists will cheer, as they’re now shipping a 30TB SSD hard drive. You read me right. 30TB!

“With our launch of the 30.72TB SSD, we are once again shattering the enterprise storage capacity barrier, and in the process, opening up new horizons for ultra-high capacity storage systems worldwide,” said Jaesoo Han, executive vice president, Memory Sales & Marketing Team at Samsung Electronics. “Samsung will continue to move aggressively in meeting the shifting demand toward SSDs over 10TB and at the same time, accelerating adoption of our trail-blazing storage solutions in a new age of enterprise systems.”

Technically, this isn’t the largest SSD that Samsung has ever made. They have a larger 60TB model, but it’s housed in a 3/5″ form factor. That model was created as a demonstrator to prove the technology works.  Fitting in a smaller, 2.5 inch case, 30.72 TB PM1643, is the culmination of lessons learned from that demonstrator, the previous generation PM1633a 16TB drive released last year.

The Samsung PM1643 contains 32 sticks of Samsung top 1TB packages that consist of 16 stacked layers of 512GB V-NAND chips. That’s nearly two years of non stop video. So post houses would have plenty of room to store and archive the video footage that they work on, even from a single drive.

With read/write speeds of up to 2,100MB/s and 1,700 MB/s, respectively, the PM1643 is 4x faster than your standard SSD drive, and over 1,000x faster than a spinning hard drive. The 1643’s speed comes the design of their controller architecture, which works in concern with DRAM and software. The drive has nine controllers working together in a single package, enabling a greater amount of space within the SSD to be used for storage. The PM1643 drive also applies Through Silicon Via (TSV) technology to interconnect 8Gb DDR4 chips, creating 10 4GB TSV DRAM packages, totaling 40GB of DRAM. This marks the first time that TSV-applied DRAM has been used in an SSD.

The PM 1643 is also designed to support 1 complete drive write per day, which means it can handle writing up to the entire capacity of the drive without failure, which amounts to nearly ten times as much as a standard SATA SSD array. There’s also a built in metadata protection feature that can guard against crashes or data loss in the event of electrical blackout or system crash.

Now granted, this SSD drive is aimed at the enterprise level storage system business, but with the tremendous amounts of data that post production houses need to store in their mainframe computer arrays, it would seem a given that this new Samsung SSD drive will be beneficial at your local post house. But if not, the fact that Samsung is going to use the same architecture on smaller sized SSDs means that the technology will trickle down to the independent computer system user sooner or later.

The only roadblock will be the price point. Though Samsung doesn’t mention it in the press release, the previous model had an MSRP of $10,000, so you can judge how much higher it’ll run from there.  Samsung will also be offering lower capacities in the PM1643 lineup, ranging from with 15.36TB, 7.68TB, 3.84TB, 1.92TB, 960GB and 800GB versions.

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About James DeRuvo 795 Articles
Editor in Chief at doddleNEWS. James has been a writer and editor at doddleNEWS for nearly a decade. As a producer/director/writer James won a Telly Award in 2005 for his Short Film "Searching for Inspiration. James is a recovering talk show producer from KABC in Los Angeles, and a weekly guest on the Digital Production Buzz with Larry Jordan.

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